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June 20, 2007

Drivelling Idiocy

I had thought we were going to miss out on this stupidity over the HPV vaccine, avoiding the contretemps they had over in the US. Apparently not:

Colin Hart, the director of the Christian Institute charity, said: "It's basically a sex jab, encouraging the view that girls can be sexually available. It is a disease that you can only get through being sexually promiscuous. The thing we should be doing is trying to stop kids being sexually active."

Well done Mr. Hart. The vaccine will make no damn difference to the age at which women become sexually active, it will simply stop some of them dying painful deaths in their 40s and 50s.

Still, at least we have an easy solution. Someone should point out to him that HPV is also a cause of throat cancer. Once he's stopped boggling long enough to ask why, we can point out that those 12 year olds will indeed grow up and are highly likely to have oral sex, something which most members of most previous generations of the human race have also done. We can leave him as his brain explodes over the idea that not everyone conducts their sex lives along the missionary position only in a single lifelong monogamous relationship axis as he supposes.

Can we then get on with vaccinating the boys as well?

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You support it even if it's against parent and child's wishes?

Tim adds: Delicate matter that, one I'm not fully thought out on. The value of herd immunity is so high that for certain diseases I think I might support compulsion in vaccination, yes. But as I say, not fully thought out on it.

Posted by: Matthew | Jun 20, 2007 8:28:29 AM

Matthew, that's a great big can o'worms, or maybe a big box labelled Pandora :)

Posted by: Gary Marshall | Jun 20, 2007 8:41:17 AM